YOGA FOR RELIEF FROM SINUSITIS
Sinusitis is a common condition arising due to viral infection, in which the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed. A few symptoms include: head ache or facial pain, runny nose and nasal congestion.
The few YOGA asanas recommended are:
USTRA ASANA: Ustra in Sanskrit means ‘Camel’. It is a backward bending asana. It is also helpful in correcting posture and relieving stomach cramps. Do not practice this asana if you have severe diarrhoea, constipation, migraine or hypertension etc.
Getting into the asana: Sit in Vajra asana and lift your hips and upper body, such that the spine is straight. Now, reach for the right heel with your right hand. Once this is achieved, reach for the left heel with the left hand. When both heels are held, then stretch your neck backwards. Hold the posture for a few seconds. Breathe normally. Gently release the asana.
ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA: It is a forward bending asana, also known as the downward facing dog posture. This asana, besides being effective in relief from sinusitis, is also an integral part of the Suryanamaskar cycle.
Getting into asana: Sit in vajra asana, then extend arms forward such that you are in shashank asana. now putting the body weight on your palms, raise the body to form a mountain/ inverted V shape. Keeping the arms straight, push the shoulders and neck inwards towards the knees. Hold this posture for a few seconds and then slowly drop your knees, get back to shashank asana and release the posture.
PRASARITA PADOTTANASANA: This wide-legged, forwards bending pose is an energising asana, that greatly calms the mind and stretches the entire body. Although looks a bit complicated and takes practice to get the correct posture, it indeed is a resting pose.
Getting into asana: Stand with your legs extended apart as much as possible. Now inhale, raise your arms up and exhale to do a forward bend and place your palms on the ground. Slightly widen the gap between the palms and increase distance between the legs to maximum. Now bend your elbows and lower the body further such that the crown touches the floor. Hold this posture for a few seconds, slowly bring the legs and hands closer, rise to release the asana.
PASCHIM UTTAN ASANA: Paschim means ‘West’ and uttan means ‘intense stretch’. The back has been attributed with the direction west. Hence it is a forward bending asana involving intense stretch of the back. Do not perform this asana if you have hernia, stomach ulcer, heart ailments including high blood pressure etc.
Getting into asana: Sit in dandasana. Inhale and raise your arms straight up. Now exhale, bend forward and slowly reach for your toes. Try to touch your forehead to the knees. Breathe normally. Inhale to rise and gently release the asana.
SETUBANDHASANA: As the name suggests, this posture is also known as the bridge pose. It is one of the important supine yoga poses which along with getting relief from sinusitis, also helps in relieving back pain and treating thyroid related problems.
Getting into asana. Lie flat on you back with your knees folded. Raise your body, interlock your palms with elbows straightened. Keep brining the heels closer to the body, until the body weight is bared by the shoulders and it forms a bridge like posture. Hold this for a few seconds, gently lower the hips to release the asana.
Follow the link for the YouTube Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=223PToWwSKU
Suggested beneficial FOOD ingredients:
Soups, Tea and warm liquids
Spicy foods: These will not cure sinusitis, but will help open passages, aiding in the elimination of thick mucus.
Anti-inflammatory foods: Berries, broccoli, carrot etc. contain flavonoids, that help reduce inflammations.
*Disclaimer: The asanas suggested are not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any medical condition or to replace your healthcare provider and/or do not constitute medical advice. The above information has been shared as a recommendation only. Please consult a physician before practicing the above and should be done under expert guidance.